Thursday, September 1, 2022

Comics Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #117


STORY: Ivan Cohen; Sholly Fisch
PENCILS: Valerio Chiola; Dario Brizuela
INKS: Valerio Chiola; Dario Brizuela
COLORS: Valerio Chiola; Franco Riesco
LETTERS: Saida Temofonte
EDITORS: Courtney Jordan; Kristy Quinn (reprint)
COVER: Valerio Chiola
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (August 2022)

Ages 8+

“Beast of Eatin'”

Welcome, dear readers, to my continuing journey through the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? comic book series, which began publication in 2010.  I continue to renew my subscription so that I can continue to review this series for you, dear readers.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #117 opens with “Beast of Eatin',” which is written by Ivan Cohen and drawn by Valerio Chiola.  The story finds Mystery Inc.Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma on morning television.  Scooby and Shaggy have joined Juliana Perez to launch her new TV segment, “International Eats.”  However, a Sasquatch is stealing all the food for the show.  Can the gang solve the mystery before Shaggy and Scooby starve?

The second story, “Snack Attack” is, as usual, a reprint story and is written by Sholly Fisch and drawn by Dario Brizuela.  [This story was originally published in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #37 (cover date: November 2013).]  The story finds Mystery Inc. in the middle of a terrible situation.  They have visited five grocery stores, and none of them has any “Scooby Snacks.”  They have just visited a sixth store, and the situation is the same – no Scooby Snacks.

The gang decides that it is time to visit “Deauboy Bakeries,” the factory that produces Scooby Snacks.  There, the owner, Mr. Deauboy, informs them that he hasn't produced any Scooby Snacks in a month and that he has shut down the factory.  The villain behind this is even more shocking.  It a monstrous version of the Scooby Snacks mascot, “Skippy Snackerdoodle.”  Can Mystery Inc. bring this monster hound to heel?  Can they save Scooby Snacks for Scooby's … and Shaggy's sake?

“Beast of Eatin'” is a convoluted story, something about former spies and betrayed feelings.  At times, the story really isn't coherent, and Valerio Chiola's art and graphical storytelling can't really crack the contrived nut of this story.

Luckily, the reprint story, “Snack Attack,” is pretty straight-forward.  If you've every wondered about Scooby Snacks, what they are and where they come from, Sholly Fisch, one of the best Scooby-Doo comic book writers, offers his behind-the-scenes look at Scooby's favorite go-to-snack.  The story is drawn by one of my favorite Scooby-Doo comic book artists, Dario Brizuela.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #117 follows two really good issues, #115 and #116, and only the reprint story keeps #117 from being a disaster.  Because of the “Scooby Snacks” story, I will recommend #117 to collectors of Scooby-Doo comic books.  And until next time, Scooby-Dooby-Doo!


[This comic book includes a seven-page preview of the original graphic novel, “DC League of Super-Pets: The Great Mxy-Up” by Heath Corson and Bobby Timony.]

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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